Pinball, Stubler to get new deals

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

Apparently Pinball Clemons won't be leaving the Argos after this season.

While there had been speculation that 2006 might be Clemons' last season as head coach, he has agreed to an extension that will run at least until the end of the 2007 season. The fact the Grey Cup is in Toronto could be a major reason.

The Argos will announce Clemons' contract extension tomorrow, along with a new deal for defensive co-ordinator/assistant head coach Rich Stubler, whom many people believe eventually will succeed Clemons.

Stubler has been Clemons's so-called "right-hand man" since joining the team on a full-time basis in 2003 after helping in previous years.

Clemons will begin his fourth consecutive season as the Argos' head coach. In 2004, he guided the Argos to a Grey Cup championship. Last year, he led the team to its first East Division regular-season title since 1997, but lost to Montreal.

Clemons will be looking for at least two new assistants to his staff because defensive line coach Thomas Menas and running backs coach Perry Marchese won't be back. Speculation has it that Malvin Hunter, who worked as the Edmonton Eskimos' special-teams coach last year and has worked for Stubler in the Arena League, might be coveted by the Argos.

LIONS OR LIONS FOR PRINTERS

Casey Printers might be exchanging his current Lions uniform for another Lions jersey.

The Detroit Lions are taking a serious look at signing Printers, the B.C. Lions quarterback who was voted the Canadian Football League's Most Outstanding Player two seasons ago.

Printers is scheduled to go into his option year with B.C., which has offered him a three-year, $1.35 million extension to his current deal which pays only $60,000 a season.


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